5 Most Awaited July Book Releases

Another month, another set of books to add to your ever-growing pile of TBR!

1. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Expected publication: July 1st 2017 by Thomas & Mercer

Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.


But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.

About the Author: 

Rachel Caine is a pen name of Roxanne Longstreet Conrad.


She has also published as:
Roxanne Longstreet
Roxanne Conrad
Julie Fortune
Ian Hammell

2. Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie


Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

“Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.”

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from . . .

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon


BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).

About the Author/Editor: 

Ameriie is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, and writer of fiction. She is the editor of the villains anthology BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME. The daughter of a Korean artist and an American military officer, she was born in Massachusetts, raised all over the world, and graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s in English. 


3. Final Girls by Riley Sager

Expected publication: July 11th 2017 by Dutton

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.


That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

About the Author: 

Riley Sager is a pseudonym for an author who has been previously published under another name. A native of Pennsylvania, Riley is a writer, editor and graphic designer who now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.


4. The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

Expected publication: July 18th 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

“If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?”

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.


Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

About the Author: 

B A Paris grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life in France. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher and has five daughters. Behind Closed Doors is her first novel.


5. Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Scholastic

In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?


With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

About the Author:


I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

I’m most excited of Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy! How about you, which book are most excited for? 

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A-List by DP Lyle Review

Expected publication: December 12th 2017 by Oceanview Publishing

I received this copy from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

Summary:

PI Jake Longly and Nicole Jamison head to New Orleans at the behest of Nicole’s uncle, movie producer Charles Balfour, when his megastar, A-list actor Kirk Ford, awakens in his hotel bed with the body of Kristi Guidry, a local college coed. Ford, in the Big Easy for a location shoot, remembers little of the evening and nothing of the murder. And, to make matters worse, Kristi is the niece of a local mafioso-type who will do whatever is necessary to avenge her death. Balfour is losing money every day the filming is stalled—he needs his actor cleared, and quickly.


Surrounded by glitzy Hollywood stars and intimidated by seedy underworld characters, Jake and Nicole encounter nothing but obstacles. Something isn’t right. The facts don’t fit. Who would want Kristi dead? Why frame Kirk for the murder? Everyone has an opinion, including Kristi’s friends and ex-boyfriend, the local homicide detectives, and a fortune-teller. The clock is ticking as Jake and Nicole struggle to decipher who’s lying, who’s telling the truth, and exactly who schemed to murder Kristi Guidry. Nothing is easy in The Big Easy. 


My Thoughts on A-List:

I had no idea this book is a sequel but this book can stand on its own without having read the prequel to this.

The story is told in a first person POV and the way it is being narrated by Jake Longly, sounds like he is a high schooler and somewhat like he is writing a diary.

I have to admit, it had a slow start. I don’t like how the dialogues are constructed and there are many redundant ideas that it made me feel like I’ve just started the book even when I was already 200 plus pages in.

I tried liking A List and around 65 percent into the book, I thought I might actually enjoy it but it was only for a few pages and I was bored again. 80% into the book and things finally got interesting.


I wasn’t intrigued enough to want to know who killed Kristi and I was tempted to not finish the book but I’m not a quitter especially when it comes to reading so I finished it. It was obvious to me who killed Kristi and the ending didn’t feel like an ending because it wasn’t stated what happened to the characters after finding out the killer. It just ended with the investigators telling Kirk who killed Kristi and that he is innocent. Maybe I’ll find out in the sequel to this.

I’m sure there are people who might enjoy DP Lyle’s writing style or the plot or the characters in the story but it just didn’t do for me.

 Overall, I give this book a 2.5 out of 5 stars.

About the Author

DP Lyle, MD is the Macavity and Benjamin Franklin Silver Award winning and Edgar (2), Agatha, Anthony, Scribe, Silver Falchion, USA Today Best Book Award (2), and Foreward INDIES Book of the Year nominated author of many non-fiction books as well as numerous works of fiction, including the SAMANTHA CODY, DUB WALKER, and JAKE LONGLY thriller series and the ROYAL PAINS media tie-in novels. His essay on Jules Verne’s THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND appears in THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS and his short story “Even Steven” in ITW’s anthology THRILLER 3: LOVE IS MURDER. He served as Editor for the Southern California Writers Association’s short story anthology, IT’S ALL IN THE STORY as well as contributing the story “Splash.”

He has worked with many novelists and with the writers of popular television shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Judging Amy, Peacemakers, Cold Case, House, Medium, Women’s Murder Club, 1-800-Missing, The Glades, and Pretty Little Liars.

He was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama where his childhood interests revolved around football, baseball, and building rockets in his backyard. The latter pursuit was common in Huntsville during the 1950’s and 60’s due to the nearby NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center.

After leaving Huntsville, he attended college, medical school, and served an internship at the University of Alabama; followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas at Houston; then a Fellowship in Cardiology at The Texas Heart Institute, also in Houston. For the past 40 years, he has practiced Cardiology in Orange County, California.


He is the co-host, along with Jan Burke, of CRIME AND SCIENCE RADIO on SUSPENSE RADIO.

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Weekly Wrap Up for the 2nd Week of June 2017

So this week, I read 5 books in total. 4 being Marissa Meyer books, 1 novel in English, 3 novellas, and 1 novel in Japanese. 


1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis:


Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner. 



My Thoughts on Scarlet:

After a Cinderella retelling, the 2nd book to the Lunar Chronicles is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. While Cinder was set in China, the 2nd book, Scarlet, is set in France. For me, this book is better than Cinder because of it’s plot and I love the new set of characters better than the first book. First, we have Scarlet Benoit’s grand-mére who was a pilot and was a part of a special mission when she was younger. How cool is that! And there’s fierce and sassy Scarlet who is willing to sacrifice her life if it means saving her grand-mére. Then there’s Ze’ev also known as “Wolf.” Mysterious Wolf. I was drawn to Wolf since the beginning because of his mysterious aura. I also like the romance going on between Wolf and Scarlet though it’s a bit cheesy. Overall, I give Scarlet 4 stars out of 5. 

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2. Glitches by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis:


Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. In Glitches, a short prequel story to Cinder, we see the results of that illness play out, and the emotional toll that takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch…



My Thoughts on Glitches: 

Let us take a moment to appreciate the book cover. Okay, let’s move on to my thoughts about this short prequel. It is  beautifully written and I wish it would have been a bit longer. After reading this prequel, I liked Peony even more because she did not judge Cinder for who she is and she did not mind having an additional member to their family. In fact, she was happy to have Cinder be a part of their family. Her sister Pearl on the otherhand hated having Cinder in their family. I guess Peony was happy because it meant having a playmate and as I think about it, I don’t think children judge anyone because of their differences like being part cyborg or being black or white and since Pearl is older and more mature, I think she sees Cinder differently and she judged Cinder instead of welcoming her to the family. And then, there’s Cinder’s stepmother, Adri. I hated her in the first book. Wait, no. I did not hate her, I despised her but after reading Glitches, I learned that  when Cinder was added to their family, they were having financial problems and having an additional member to their family means more mouths to feed. If Cinder’s stepfather explained to Adri why he saved Cinder’s life and why he is so comitted to taking care of Cinder, Adri would have understood. Overall, I give this 4 out of 5 stars. 

3. The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis:
It is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen’s army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack. 

My Thoughts on The Queen’s Army: 



Ze’ev! A story about Wolf’s past! Yes yes yes! 😍 I love love love this novella because it gives a glimpse of Wolf’s story before the army and because it’s a story about my favorite character in the Lunar Chronicles. I really enjoyed this novella. The scene wherein Ze’ev was forced to leave his family to join the Queen’s army when he was still in his teens made me feel like I want to jump right into the book and tell him everything will be alright. I got a little carried away there, sorry. I feel sorry for his younger brother because he is always overshadowed by Wolf. This novella made me hate Queen Levana even more because of how he turned innocent people into genetically engineered monsters to become her army. I couldn’t say much about this book because no words would give justice as to how much I really loved this novella. I’ll just let my star rating say it all. Overall, I give this novella 5 out of 5 stars!

4. The Little Android by Marissa Meyer

The Little Android is a retelling of The Little Mermaid, set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles by New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer.


Synopsis: 

When android Mech6.0 saves the life of a handsome hardware engineer, her body is destroyed and her mechanics discover a glitch in her programming. Androids aren’t meant to develop impractical reasoning or near-emotional responses…let alone fall in love.

My Thoughts on The Little Android:

Marissa Meyer did it again, a unique way of retelling! Heartbreakingly beautiful, this novella is one of my favorite novellas of all time. OMG I don’t think I can write a proper review on this because I can’t keep myself from crying on the inside whenever I remember Star and the sacrifice she made to the one she loves. I want to give this a 6 out of 5 stars!

5. 塔の上のラプンツエル しぶや まさこ より

概要:

18 年間、外の世界を知らずに、深い森の奥の塔の中で暮らしてきた美しい少女ラプンツエル。大泥棒のフリンとの出会いをきっかけに、魔法の髪に導かれて、ラプンツエル未知の世界への旅が始まります。
私の思考:

塔の上のラプンツエル は しぶやまさこ が アイリーン トリンブル が書いた 英語の本を訳した物語です。日本語なのでグーグルトランスレートを使いながら読んで、読み終わるには何日もかかりましたけど 楽しかった。訳した本ですけど日本語がオリジナル物語みたいに書いてあって訳してないような訳で すばらしいと思います。日本語を勉強して漢字は三年生の漢字を勉強してますのであまり漢字読めないのでこの本を読んで勉強になりました。それに、塔の上のラプンツエルの本は漢字にふりがなをふってあいますので新しい言葉とか習いました。
That’s it for my weekly wrap up! ☺ If you’ve made it this far into my post, thank you for reading! I really appreciate it. 😄

Love, 

Flexi 😘


The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom Quotes

“You grab a moment or you let it pass.”

“Ends are for yesterdays, not tomorrows.”

“A heart weighs more when it splits in two.”

“Common sense would have told Sarah to steer clear of Ethan’s waters. But common sense has no place in first love and never has.”

“Don’t they know it’s the end of the world? It ended when I lost your love. It ended when you said good-bye.”

“I lived, but I was not alive.”

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“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deers do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”

“We all yearn for what we have lost. But sometimes, we forget what we have.”

“With endless time, nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can’t appreciate what we have.”

“Sometimes, when you are not getting the love you want, giving makes you think you will.”

“When you are measuring life, you are not living it.”

“I made such a fool of myself,” she lamented.
“Love does not make you a fool.”
“He didn’t love me back.”
“That does not make you a fool, either.”
“Just tell me …” Her voice cracked. “When does it stop hurting?”
“Sometimes never.”

“As mankind grew obsessed with its hours, the sorrow of lost time became a permanent hole in the human heart. People fretted over missed chances, over inefficient days; they worried constantly about how long they would live, because counting life’s moments had led, inevitably, to counting them down. Soon, in every nation and in every language, time became the most precious commodity.”

“But hurting ourselves to inflict pain on others is just another cry to be loved.”

“He cried that night for all that he had lost, but he would say it taught him a valuable lesson: that holding on to things will only break your heart.”

“She felt worthless and hollow. There was no hope of fixing this. And when hope is gone, time is punishment.”

“Everything man does today to be efficient, to fill the hour? It does not satisfy. It only makes him hungry to do more. Man wants to own his existence. But no one owns time. When you are measuring life, you are not living it.”

“Sitting high above the city, Father Time realized that knowing something and understanding it were not the same thing.”

“What you have done to this point cannot be undone. What you do next… It is still unwritten.”

“You marked the minutes,” the old man said. “But did you use them wisely? To be still? To cherish? To be grateful? To lift and be lifted?”

“Don’t get too attached to anything.”

“She had been so consumed with escaping her own misery, she hadn’t considered the misery she might inflict.”

“He explained how once we began to chime the hour, we lost the ability to be satisfied. There was always a quest for more minutes, more hours, faster progress to accomplish more in each day. The simple joy of living between sunrises was gone.”

“I lived,” Dor said, “but I was not alive.”

“We do not realize the sound the world makes-unless of course, it comes to a stop. Then, when it starts, it sounds like an orchestra. Breaking waves. Whipping wind. Falling rain. Squawking birds. All throughout the universe, time resumed and nature sang.”


Weekly Wrap Up: First Week of June 2017

I’ve read 6 books for the first week of June most of them being light reads. I only read 1 novel in English, 3 Japanese Children’s books and 2  Mangga in Japanese because I’m trying to familiarize myself with Japanese vocabulary and also trying to get used to reading ひらがな (Hiragana) カタカナ (Katakana) and 漢字 (Kanji) the 3 Japanese writing systems. So let’s jump right in to my thoughts about these books.



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1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The first Marissa Meyer book that I have read is Heartless which is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland where in the Queen of Hearts is the main character and I love it. As I was scrolling through Instagram, there seemed to be a lot of bookstagrammers who were posting Cinder and many seem to be enjoying it thus, I was intrigued and it’s a Marissa Meyer book so why not?

 First of all,

Science Fiction – Yay!
Dystopian – Yay!
Fairy Tale Retelling – Yay!

I have to admit, it’s been forever since my friend recommended this to me (I judged it by its cover – sorry) but I just didn’t feel like reading it and I’m so glad I picked it up this time. Ever since I’ve finished reading Chris Colfer’s Land of Stories and Marissa Meyer’s Heartless, I’ve been into retellings.

A Disney Princess turned into a cyborg. Woah. Cinder is part cyborg and the best mechanic in New Beijing. She’s so cool! I like the plot but the main characters, not really. Right, I know I just said Cinder is so cool being part cyborg and intelligent and all that but I didn’t like her sarcasm because it came out too strong for me (I’m not sure if you understand what I mean). Living with her stepmother and two stepsisters, one of her stepsisters, her only human friend, got infected by the plague causing her stepmother to volunteer Cinder’s body to the plague reasearch. Then there’s Prince Kai, he’s burdened by the ever growing conflict between the Lunars and the Commonwealth, the plague, and the passing of his father, the Emperor. He’s too young to be handling all these but it’s his responsibility to take over what his father had left unaccomplished now that he is crowned the new Emperor. What I don’t like about Kai is that he’s too corny when it comes to Cinder. (You might disagree with this but it’s just my opinion.)

If this was the first book I read by Marissa Meyer, then I don’t think I would be a fan of Marissa Meyer’s writing style but with Heartless, I’m a big fan of her work. Considering the fact that Cinder was published 5 years ago and Heartless came out just last year, I think she has improved a lot since then.

Overall, I give Cinder 3.5 stars out of 5 because I did enjoy it but there are parts where I was like, meh… But I will be reading the 2nd book for sure. 


The rest of the books that I read this week are Japanese books and my level of Japanese is still that of a Third Grader so these books are short reads (Children’s books and Mangga) with easy vocabulary.

2. ののさんのうた (Song of the Moon) is the Fifth Volume to とべないほたる (The Firefly Who Cannot Fly).

As you can see from the title, it is about a firefly who is not able to fly. This firefly goes to the sea with the best view of the moon to receive strength from Nonosan (moon), singing the Song of the Moon on the way. There, he meets Umibotaru who told him about it’s story when it was still a firefly where in he was bullied by stronger and bigger fireflies because of his  disability to fly and how he overcame his struggles with the help of Nonosan. Hearing Umibotaru’s story, the firefly who cannot fly regained hope that he still has a chance at living his life to the fullest even with his disability. A Story of the Firefly Who Cannot Fly: Song of the Moon is a beautiful story that empowers children and even adults who are different from the norm to be confident of who they are and what they are born with and turn their weakness into strength. 



3. 密林一きれいなひょうの話 by 工藤直子 (The Story of the Forest’s Most Beautiful Leopard by Kudou Naoko) 

Another Japanese Children’s book, 密林一きれいなひょうの話 by 工藤直子 (The Story of the Forest’s Most Beautiful Leopard) is a cute story about a leopard who lost its spots. It’s a fun light read as we follow the leopard on his journey to find his spots. I enjoyed reading this since the vocabulary is easy and a very entertaining read as well. 



4. どうぶつなぜなぜばなし: ぞうのはなはなぜながい 村上 勉、くじらがくじらになったわけ  みやざきひろかず、くまのしっぽはなぜみじかいの  馬場のぼる

The next book is a compilation of 3 legends. The first is ぞうのはなはなぜながい村上勉(Why is the Elephant’s Trunk Long? By Tutomu Murakami) Second is くじらがくじらになったわけひろかずみやざき (The Reason Why the Kujira Plant became a Whale by Miyazaki Hirokazu) and the last is くまのしっぽはなぜみじかいの馬場のぼる(Why is a Bear’s Tail Short? by Baba Noboru).どうぶつなぜなぜばなし is a hilarious read that will leave your jaw hanging with words like “What,” “Why,” “No way,” and a lot of “Hahas” floating in your head. Well, to young adults at least. But to children, I think this is a very interesting read. 


The last two books I read are マンガ (Mangga) also known as light read novels.

5. モーメント Vol. 4 by 槇村 さとる (The Moment Vol. 4 by Satoru Makimura)

I’ve read the first 3 volumes last month and I’ve been looking forward to reading the next volume to the series.


After watching a figure skating tournament on TV, I picked this mangga about figure skating because I was so interested with the sport and even daydreamed about competing in a figure skating tournament despite my weakness to cold. I guess my dream will remain a dream. Anyway, in this volume, training camp begins and Yuki Kitahara contends for the Championship for Figure Skating Novice. Despite suffering from different troubles in and out the ice rink, Yuki brings home the bacon. Yuki overhears about going overseas to compete  with other novice figure skaters from around the world. Will she be the one representing for Japan or are these just rumours? 



6. モーメント Vol. 5 by 槇村 さとる (The Moment Vol. 5 by Satoru Makimura) 

Once again, Yuki Kitahara wins the Junior Figure Skater’s Championship. As romantic feelings arise and Yuki loses focus on skating, will she be able to win this time?


I love Satoru Makimura’s The Moment Series particularly because it doesn’t involve romantic feelings compared to almost all mangga that revolve around love and crushes and all that stuff. (I sound bitter. Right. Whatever.) But in the fifth volume, the main character begins to have feelings towards her fellow skater but to my surprise, I still enjoyed it. Yeah, I got surprised with my self. What a surprise. LoL
😂 It made me realize that to love is a part of living and no matter how much you deny your feelings towards someone, it will eventually show in the end. Eww I sound so corny! Haha 😅

And that’s it for my weekly wrap up. If you’ve reached this far into my post, thank you so much for reading and have a great week ahead! 😄

Love lots,
Flexi 😘